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The Chicago Bears are set to host the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field on Saturday for a Christmas Eve matinee. The Week 16 matchup features two polar opposites.

The Bears (3-11) are playing for draft positioning and maybe a little bit of pride at this point in the season. On the flip side, the 11-3 Bills are looking to secure the AFC East and the No. 1 seed.

Heading into this game, the Bears are coming off a close 25-20 loss to the NFC-best Philadelphia Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Bills come into Chicago after a close contest of their own. As the snow fell in Buffalo, they pulled out a 32-29 win at home over their divisional rivals, the Miami Dolphins.

Bears vs. Bills: Head-to-Head History

The Bears and Bills first clashed in 1970. Over 52 years, they've squared off only 13 times. The series includes a 2010 contest in Toronto at the Rogers Centre. Overall, the Bears hold an 8-5-0 head-to-head advantage.

Additionally, they're outscoring the Bills 281 to 194 in those games.

  • Bears: 21.6 PPG
  • Bills: 14.9 PPG

In Chicago (Home):

  • Games Played: 6
  • Record: 5-1
  • Points Scored: 155 (25.8 PPG)
  • Points Allowed: 62 (10.3 PPG)
  • Differential: +93 (15.5 PPG)

In Buffalo (Road):

  • Games Played: 7
  • Record: 3-4
  • Points Scored: 126 (18.0 PPG)
  • Points Allowed: 132 (18.85 PPG)
  • Differential: -6 (-0.85 PPG)

Previous Matchup

The last matchup between these two teams took place on Nov. 4, 2018 at New Era Field in Orchard Park. This Week 9 battle saw the 4-3 Chicago Bears take on the 2-6 Buffalo Bills.

The Bears were led by second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky and first-year head coach Matt Nagy. Meanwhile, the Bills had second-year HC Sean McDermott at the helm with current Bears' backup QB Nathan Peterman under center. Now-superstar QB Josh Allen was a rookie in 2018 and did not take a single snap against the Bears that day.

First Quarter

The game commenced with a mind-numbingly slow start. Neither team mustered much offense early.

  • Bears: 8 plays, 34 yards, 4:56 (Punt)
  • Bills: 6 plays, 20 yards, 2:39 (Punt)
  • Bears: 6 plays, 34 yards, 4:55 (Punt)
  • Bills: 3 plays, -2 yards, 1:34 (Punt)

On the final drive of the first quarter, the Bears took over at the Bills' 37-yard line with 0:56 left. They marched 37 yards on six plays in 2:52. Running back Jordan Howard took it into the end zone from a yard out to give the Bears an early 7-0 lead.

Second Quarter

The first drive of the second quarter started at 13:04. However, it featured much of the same stagnation that began the first quarter.

  • Bills: 6 plays, 30 yards, 2:20 (Punt)
  • Bears: 3 plays, 4 yards, 1:37 (Punt)

Then, following Chicago's punt, the Bills took over and made a huge blunder. On the fourth play of their drive, the Bills fumbled the ball deep in Bears' territory. Eddie Jackson scooped it up and rumbled 65 yards for a touchdown to extend the Bears' lead to 14-0.

That was just the beginning of the Bills' miscues. After the ensuing kick-off, Nathan Peterman threw a pick to Adrian Amos on the second play of the drive.

Fortunately for Buffalo, the Bears' offense didn't take advantage of the opportunity and went three-and-out.

But the Bills decided to one-up themselves. On the third play of their next drive, Peterman threw another interception. This time, Leonard Floyd took it 19 yards to the house. The Bears' second defensive touchdown of the game extended their lead to 21-0.

Once again back on offense, the Bills did literally nothing. After losing 12 yards on three plays in 2:09, they punted the ball back to the Bears. 

When it rains, it pours. The Bills' miserable day continued when Tarik Cohen returned the punt 36 yards and gave the Bears excellent starting field position at the Buffalo 23-yard line. A quick two-play, 23-yard drive concluded with Jordan Howard again. This time, the Bears' back scampered 18 yards to the house. The rout was on as the Bears led 28-0.

Buffalo then marched 62 yards on five plays in 1:22, a drive that was also aided by a couple of awful Bears penalties. However, the Bills couldn't capitalize as time ran out when they got to Chicago's 13-yard line. 

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The Bears led 28-0 going into halftime.

Third Quarter

The Bills started with the ball in the third quarter. They finally got on the board thanks to a 12-play, 52-yard drive that resulted in a Stephen Hauschka 41-yard field goal. This cut the Bears' lead to 28-3.

Chicago responded with a 70-yard drive that spanned five plays and took 2:48 off the clock. After getting down to the Buffalo 5 yard-line, the Bears settled for a 23-yard Cody Parkey field goal to put them back up to 28 points at 31-3.

The Bills couldn't muster any offense and went three-and-out after only netting three total yards in 1:19. However, following the punt, they got the ball right back. On the first play of Chicago's drive, Mitch Trubisky's pass intended for Trey Burton was intercepted and returned 37 yards.

Now with the ball at the Bears' 42, the Bills had an opportunity but did nothing with it. Their drive lasted eight plays and traveled just 11 yards in 4:16, resulting in a turnover on downs.

The Bears couldn't make them pay for it as they logged only three yards on three plays in 2:07 before punting the ball back to Buffalo.

The third quarter came to an end when Peterman's pass on the second play of the drive was intercepted by Kyle Fuller.

Fourth Quarter

The final quarter saw the Bears start with the ball deep in Buffalo territory. They only advanced one yard after four plays and trotted out Parkey for a 48-yard field goal to make it a 34-3 game.

Then, the Bills' offense finally woke up and marched 75 yards on 15 plays in just a shade under eight minutes. Peterman rushed for a one-yard touchdown but the two-point attempt was unsuccessful. The Bears' lead shrunk slightly to 34-9.

After Buffalo's unsuccessful onside kick, the Bears regained possession with excellent field position. It took only four plays for them to move 50 yards in just over a minute. This time, Burton hauled in a two-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky and the scoreboard read 41-9. 

The Bills took over on offense with 4:55 remaining in the game. In garbage time, they went 35 yards on 10 plays and chewed 2:41 off the clock only to turn it over on downs.

QB Chase Daniel entered for the Bears and kneeled the ball three times to secure the 41-9 victory.

Overall

The Chicago Bears thoroughly dominated the Buffalo Bills in all three phases during a 32-point rout.

Surprisingly, the Bears only put up 190 yards of offense on 46 plays, which averaged out to 4.1 yards per play. In comparison, the Bills logged 264 yards on 81 plays for an average of 3.3 yards per play.

All in all, Mitch Trubisky had an okay game. He went 12/20 (60.0%) for 135 yards (6.8 Yds/Att), 1 TD, 1 INT, and a QB Rating of 76.0.

The Bears' top pass-catchers were Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton.

  • Miller: 6 targets, 5 receptions, 49 yards (9.8 avg)
  • Gabriel: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 45 yards (15.0 avg)
  • Burton: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 28 yards (14.0 avg), 1 TD

Jordan Howard led the team in rushing with 47 yards on 14 carries (3.4 avg) and two touchdowns.

Additionally, the defense contributed two touchdowns — one a pick-6 and one scoop-and-score. As a unit, the Bears had four takeaways.

Nathan Peterman's stats looked a bit skewed due to the Bills trailing big for most of the game. He went 31/49 (63.2%) for 188 yards (3.8 Yds/Att), 0 TD, 3 INT, and a QB Rating of 45.3. The Bears also sacked him four times for a loss of 22 yards.

Peterman finished the game as Buffalo's leading rusher. He carried the ball eight times for 47 yards (5.9 avg) and a touchdown. In the passing game, these three Bills lead the way with lackluster numbers:

  • Kelvin Benjamin: 9 targets, 4 catches, 40 yards (10.0 avg)
  • Logan Thomas: 8 targets, 7 catches, 40 yards (5.7 avg)
  • Jason Croom: 5 targets, 3 catches, 36 yards (12.0 avg)

Overall, it was pure domination by the Bears from start to finish. The offense did its part while the defense stifled the Bills' offense and added a couple of scores. Just as well, the special teams helped with the field position battle thanks to a couple of big returns.

Aftermath

The Bears' victory was their second in what would be a five-game winning streak. At the time, it boosted their record to 5-3. They proceeded to finish 7-1 the rest of the way, which ultimately led to a 12-4 record and the NFC North crown. Even sweeter was the fact that the Bears won the division against the Green Bay Packers at home.

However, they missed securing a first-round bye by just one game as the Los Angeles Rams finished 13-3. This resulted in the Bears playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card game. Of course, all Bears fans know how that game ended: a 16-15 loss and an abrupt and shocking end to their season. Oh, what could have been. The 2018 Chicago Bears had that magic and seemed like a team of destiny.

As for the Buffalo Bills, the loss dropped them to 2-7. They defeated the New York Jets the following week and finally snapped their four-game losing streak. After their loss to the Bears, they finished the regular season going 4-3 for a final record of 6-10. 

In 2019, the Josh Allen era began in earnest and the Bills started to become the juggernaut they are today.

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